Four more held in alleged kidnapping, torture incident in Lee, Pittsfield


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PITTSFIELD — Four suspects were ordered held without bail Thursday for allegedly luring two men to a remote section of Lee last month, abducting and torturing one and trying to shoot the other as he fled.

Emanuel "Manny" Diaz, 23, Dashaan Golden, 22, and Matthew Rivera, age unknown, all of Ferncliff Avenue in Lee and Kamara Pellot, 24, of Stratford Avenue in Pittsfield, were arrested in their respective communities Thursday by state and local police.

The victims were lured to a remote area in Lee near October Mountain State Forest on the night of Jan. 26 for a marijuana sale, according to court documents. One of the victims struggled with one of the defendants and a gun went off, but no one was hit.

That man fled to a home on Woodland Road, where he called 911.

The second victim was forced into his vehicle at gunpoint and taken to Pellot's apartment building, where he was "tortured in the basement of the residence by several masked males," the report said.

Pittsfield police were later called to the dwelling for a report of a male in distress. Both victims required medical treatment.

A fifth defendant, Jay P. Strezynski, 25, of Stringer Avenue, Lee, was arrested the day after the incident. He was arraigned on multiple charges and ordered held on $10,000 bail.

Diaz, Pellot and Golden each face one count of kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon and committing a felony using a firearm. Golden and Pellot also were charged with armed robbery, with Diaz facing a count of conspiracy to violate drug laws by selling marijuana.

They pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to their respective charges.

Judge William Rota ordered all three held without bail in the Berkshire Jail & House of Correction pending a dangerousness hearing Tuesday afternoon.

All three attorneys argued either against the dangerousness hearing or its being delayed until Tuesday. They said the police report was vague and they questioned how police received information that led to their clients' arrests.

"They don't detail what information was given," said Raymond Jacoub, Diaz' attorney. "What they wanted to do was have my client retained without the right to bail."

Pellot's attorney said his client should be released as she poses no danger to anyone, noting she is the mother of a 2-year-old daughter and has custody of her 13-year-old sister.

Rivera's charges will be outlined during his district court arraignment Friday. He is currently being held without bail.

The case remains under investigation.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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